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Concepts and Theories in Social Sciences

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Concepts and Theories in Social Sciences
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Health care management, Bachelor, ASPO 01.04.2008
Module code: BAME-151
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
3S (3 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 1
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Class presentation, oral examination, module work

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

BAME-151 Health care management, Bachelor, ASPO 01.04.2008 , semester 1, mandatory course
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
45 class hours (= 33.75 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 120 hours (equivalent to 4 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 86.25 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:

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Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Martha Meyer
Prof. Dr. Martha Meyer

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Learning outcomes:
The course will introduce students to social science perspectives and terms. After successfully completing this module, students will be familiar with sociological theories and key concepts used in conjunction with nursing and health sciences. They will be able to reflect on theories and their application in the field of nursing and health and determine the relevance to care at different levels.

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Module content:
1. Introduction
• Differentiation from natural sciences and humanities, as well as cultural sciences
2. Basic questions in sociology
• How do social orders emerge?
• What is social action?
• What are the forms and consequences of social change?
3. Structural theories, theories of action and how they are taught
We will look at different approaches using some of the classics from the social sciences as examples:
• Structural theories: Marxism; Durkheim school; structural functionalism; systems theory; structuralism.
• Theories of action: Rational Choice Theory; symbolic interactionism and other interpretive approaches
4. Key concepts: Society; social action; differentiation; social structure; economics; politics; power; domination; culture; norms and values; social groups; institution; socialization; social role; inequality; aging; gender; ethnicity.

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Teaching methods/Media:
Print and electronic media, slides

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Recommended or required reading:
• Joas, Hans (Hg.): Lehrbuch der Soziologie. Frankfurt/M. (Campus) neueste Auflage.
• Kaesler, Dirk (Hg.): Klassiker der Soziologie (2 Bde.). München (Beck) 2003.
• Mikl-Horke, Gertraude: Soziologie. Historischer Kontext und soziologische  Theorie-Entwürfe. München (Oldenbourg) 2001.

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